Politiste would like to provide a cross section on coverage of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner 2011. Twitter Hashtags will be #WHCD #NERDPROM and #WHCAD. We encourage your participation and will incorporated your comments in the body of this article. We think Seth Meyers will blow away Jay Leno’s dismal performance in 2010. I am sure that Seth, absence Amy Poehler, will have a “Really” sequence, like when Obama said he had better things to do and ran off to do an interview with Oprah, Really!
How the journalist prom got out of control
on Saturday night, Post reporters and editors, in black-tie finest, go to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to host their invited guests, including . . . Donald Trump.
Awkward though the Trump invitation is, it is just one of the many problems with the annual dinner and its satellite events.
The fun begins, appropriately enough, at the offices of the American Gas Association, where White House reporters are feted by the lobbyists of the Quinn Gillespie firm. More lobbyist-sponsored entertainment comes from the Motion Picture Association. Along the way, journalists wind up serving as pimps: We recruit Hollywood stars to entertain the politicians, and we recruit powerful political figures to entertain the stars. Corporate bosses bring in advertisers to gawk at the display, and journalists lucky enough to score invitations fancy themselves celebrities.
Read more for David Millbank at the The Washington Post.
Hosting the WHCD is no joke
Seth Meyers, the featured funnyman at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, hemmed and hawed a bit before accepting the gig.
Though honored to join the ranks of past headliners including Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien and Jay Leno, Meyers, head writer on “Saturday Night Live” and anchor of the show’s mock news report, Weekend Update, had to think about it.
“I did kick it around,” he told POLITICO. “I’m always hesitant to say yes to almost anything, mostly because of my own personal neuroses, but … yeah, I certainly gave it a lot of thought.”
While mulling over the offer, the 37-year-old comedian put in a call to NBC colleague Brian Williams, a veteran of these dinners, for some guidance.
“He didn’t say, ‘Stay away!’ But he was the one who kind of reminded me what a tough room it was,” Meyers said of the “Nightly News” anchor’s reaction. “But that’s good: His job is giving people bad news, so I’d rather hear it from him than other people.”
“All jokes aside,” Meyers continued, “it’s really exciting going into a room like this. The more scary thing to comedians is when you say, ‘Oh, everybody kills there.’ So I’d rather hear that it’s a tough room, because then you go in saying, ‘Well, you know, I’m in the service of my country. And that’s the way I’m going to look at it.’”
Read the rest of the story by PATRICK GAVIN
Guess who’s coming to Dinner?
Kate Hudson is coming to dinner with the president. So are Sean Penn and Michael Stipe. And, as was probably inevitable, Bristol Palin has finally scored an invitation.
We speak, of course, of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, coming up on April 30 — and it’s not just you, there’s been somewhat less buzz thus far for the annual media-political-showbiz happening. Blame the crush of real news, the distraction of the royal wedding, or everyone being gone for the religious holidays. Blame, too, the fierce competition for tickets to the increasingly glitzy event, leaving media organizations hesitant to brag about their VIP guests until they’re sure they’ve got a seat for everyone.
But a red carpet lineup is slowly coalescing, in whispers and leaks. Greta Van Susteren of Fox will bring Hudson; Penn is coming with David Corn of Mother Jones; and REM’s Stipe will be sitting at an NPR table, along with David Byrne. Palin will be a guest of People, which has also wrangled Steven Tyler, Mindy Kaling of “The Office,” and one of those “Glee” kids, Chris Colfer. His co-star, Matthew Morrison, apparently didn’t loathe the dinner last year; he’s back again, we’re told. Bloomberg has tapped Shaun White, that red-headed snowboarder, and Brooke Burke, that lady from “Dancing with the Stars.”
Read more – The Washington Post.
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